Situated within the 10,000 acres of Poole Harbour, the Port of Poole is
managed by the Poole Harbour Commissioners. The Trust Port was established
by an Act of Parliament in 1895 to conserve, regulate and improve the Port
and Harbour of Poole and for the construction of works and other purposes.
Poole Harbour Commissioners currently comprise a board of 12 Trustees (Commissioners) with a staff of some 110. All board members are required to sign a declaration that they will act impartially and make decisions in the best interests of the harbour.
Poole Harbour Commissioners’ main responsibilities are:
Michael Mitchell was appointed as a Commissioner in November 2008. Having read Law and Economics at Cambridge University. He developed a career in retailing. From 1982-2002 he was Chief Executive of Beale plc, the locally based department store group.
Professor Bob Cripps BSc.(Hons),
CEng, FRINA, FIMarEST, FCMI
Professor Bob Cripps is a Naval Architect and he is currently Director of Longitude Consulting Engineers. Previously he was Director Engineering College at BAE Systems Surface Ships, Technical Director at VT Halmatic, Engineering Manager at the RNLI and a Senior Ship Surveyor at Lloyds Register. Bob is a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton, Bournemouth University and University Campus Suffolk.
Bob has lived in Poole for over 20 years and he is married with two grown up daughters.
Jim Stewart - BA (Hons), MBA, FICS
Commenced shipping career as a shipbroker with Elders IXL on The Baltic Exchange in the City of London in 1980, qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 1982.
Captain Brian Murphy has been in the marine industry for the past 27 years attaining command of a large container vessel on a worldwide trade. His career path diverted closer to home with 2 years at Condor Ferries before joining Poole Pilots Partnership. He remained there as a Class 1 Pilot for 4 years before joining Poole Harbour Commissioners in 2004. Since then he has managed the pilotage service and harbour control while carrying out acts of pilotage and harbour master duties. Brian is qualified in port operations and took over as Harbour Master in April 2008. Brian is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.
Angela Fletcher established Rock Recruitment in 2007. Angela was named Entrepreneur and Businesswoman of the Year in the South West Venus Awards in 2010 and 2011 respectively and has been a finalist in both the IOD Director Awards and Dorset Business Awards. In 2013 Rock was a finalist in the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Best Company to Work For with under 20 employees and is currently waiting to see if they have won Best Corporate and Social Responsibility Practitioners. Angela has recently been appointed the new Chair of the Dorset branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD). She is the youngest and the first female Chair of the region.
Philippa Goodwin, a chartered management accountant (ACMA), holds the position of Finance Director on the Board of Bournemouth Water Ltd.
Previously Divisional Finance Director at Ageas Insurance managing the Rias and Castle Cover brands, she has also held senior commercial finance roles at Centrica, the AA and Motorola.
Philippa also holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BA (Hons) from University of the West of England (UWE).
Bill (William) Gibbons has had a long career in the Passenger Shipping sector (Cruise and Ferry). His roles included Route Director for the Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry Route, General Manager of the Sealink Isle of Wight ferries and was Director of the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) for nineteen years from 1994 to 2013. Bill is currently the Director of Discover Ferries.
Professor John Humphreys is a marine biologist based near Wimborne, where he moved after 10 years as a University Pro Vice-Chancellor in London.
He has been studying the Harbour environment for 15 years and co-edited the book - The Ecology of Poole Harbour.
He runs a small marine science survey business from Poole fisherman’s haven and is a visiting professor at Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Science.
Gary Wordsworth is a shellfish farmer, growing oysters on leased beds in Poole Harbour. He has worked on the harbour for over 30 years, first as a fisherman and then as a shellfish farmer. Gary is Chairman of Poole and District Fishermen’s Association. Since 2000 Gary has been a visiting Aquaculture Lecturer at Southampton University. Gary was appointed as a Commissioner in November 2012.
Doug Cramond is in the Royal Town Planning Institute. Living in Poole for 30 years he has worked in local authorities and private practice. Within his company, Doug deals with commercial projects and environmental issues and is a consultant Planning Inspector. He enjoys small craft, walking and running, ideally within sight of Poole Harbour. Doug was appointed as a Commissioner in November 2012.
David Norman is a Shipmaster with extensive command experience covering a wide range of vessel types including square rigged sailing vessels. A longtime customer of Poole Port both as a recreational sailor and as Operations Director for Condor Ferries. He has world wide experience of Ferry Ports and their management and operation. He is also a trustee and director of a conservation charity.
Tom James is the Unite the Union representative on the board of Commissioners. Tom has been a Stevedore for 34 years. Before this he worked as a plumber in the Middle East. Tom also represents the Port of Poole locally, regionally and nationally on the Docks and Waterways Committee. Tom was appointed as a Commissioner on the 1st November 2010.